Jane Fonda Drops 'C' Word On 'Today'; Explains Why Exclusively To Access

Jane Fonda, who has never been a stranger to controversy, created quite a stir with one four-letter word on live television Thursday morning.

While on the "Today" show with "The Vagina Monologues" creator Eve Ensler, promoting the 10th Anniversary of 'V-Day,’ a global foundation to stop violence against women, Jane accidentally let the four-letter word (used to refer to a part of the female anatomy) slip, while explaining about how she was first asked to join the project.

"I was asked to do a monologue called "C**t,” and I said 'I don't think so, I've got enough problems,'" Jane said live on "Today."

Access Hollywood spoke exclusively to Jane moments after her interview, asking if she realized what she was saying.

"Well, it's the name of one of the monologues, and if it offended anyone, I'm sorry, but I was just talking about one of the monologues," Jane told Access.

Eve Ensler was quick to come to Jane's defense.

"Let me say something about that word. The whole point of the play is to reclaim that word, and to make that word beautiful, and to make that word powerful, and not denigrating, and not ugly," Eve added.

Jane's use of the "C" word prompted "Today's" Meredith Vieira to make an on air apology 17 minutes later, saying, "Jane Fonda inadvertently said a word from the play you don't say on television, it was a slip and obviously she apologizes and so do we."

The word was cut for the west coast feed of the "Today" Show, which aired three hours later.

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